Now with photos of knitting!

I got home last night just in time to catch a little bit of daylight in the pergola!

Leaves are falling

The scarf is coming along.

Rainy Day on Dear Waves

It's going to look great with anything denim!

Hundertwasser was an artist

Taking pictures of yarn is boring

Duncan came by.



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I had some good news yesterday.  There hasn't necessarily been more good news than bad lately, but the good news has been BIG (though we've had to wait and wait and wait for it) and the bad news...  Well, some if it's been big, too, and really bad, and some just niggly and annoying, most of it just needs to be processed and accommodated.  That doesn't mean I can't and don't put up a fuss!

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It's been three weeks since I started the Flat Belly Diet and, I'll tell ya, I couldn't be happier.  It's been a long time coming, this motivation to actually do something and, of course, even a little success helps to keep me motivated.  It sure helps that Katie is on board and is also excited about the results.  I am enjoying cooking again -- and not just the cooking, but the planning and the shopping and the eating, too.  We bought the new Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook and I love -- absolutely LOVE -- everything we've made so far from either book.  Some of the cookbook recipes are even available online.  We've had Grapeful Chicken (with grapes and butternut squash), Penne with Mushrooms and Artichokes, Cioppino with Lime Aioli on toast points (toast points!) (makes me smile every time); tonight we're making Roasted Potatoes with Blue Cheese-Walnut "Butter" and serving with steak, and, soon, Saffron Rice (Katie brought me saffron from Greece!), Creamy Barley Risotto, and Chicken Pad Thai.  Sound like diet food to you?  As I paged through the cookbook the other day, I had some Julie & Julia thoughts...  And my skin!  Did I mention how great my skin feels and looks?  It's so funny -- Katie mentioned a change for the better in her skin on the same day that I noticed my own!

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Good wishes and prayers for my sister today.  Her white blood count was so low last week that she wasn't able to take the last dose of chemo scheduled in the current course; she was feeling very weak and fatigued, too, but has bounced back a bit.  Thank goodness, because we have a big weekend planned!  She goes in for the scan today; fingers crossed that the drugs have done their job!  We'll find out next week.

Also, send some up for the young son of one of my co-workers.  Eleven years old, he underwent brain surgery on Friday for the second time in his young life.  I've been following his progress through updates on CarePages and have had some deja vu moments.  He has a ways to go in terms of recovery.  Currently, we're all praying for poop.  Heh.  I've done that before.

There's been a lot of that.  (Feel better soon, Mr. J.!)

Oh, and isn't it great to know that Margene is finally home!!



prayers for your sister abundantly flowing your way... I hope her scan shows amazing progress, and that she can regain some strength soon.

and that photo of Duncan yawning is priceless.


Love the scarf! It will be perfect this fall.


I love the scarf. And let's have lots more good news, please.


i want to bask in those photos! gorgeous!

hope all goes well for you and your family!


I'm 1/2 way through the flat belly diet book--- my dr recommended it. Any advice? I'm going to have to do this diet while cooking for someone who is not going to be on it (he'll get dinner with me most nights). And, can I ask? How much have you lost?


Cripes. I'm going to have to check out that Flat Belly Diet!!! It sounds marvelous.

Love those photos, and once again, the pergola photos remind me: I want you to come HERE and design my back deck/patio landscaping project!!!!! Damnit. :D


Your life has been so hectic and hellish Vicki. I'm hoping more good things happen than bad in the next few months. I think and pray for your sister everyday (and for you) as you did for me. Let me know what you decided about Typepad. I've been in morning over loosing what we had, but just too tired to fight.


Prayers for all.

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